Local

Budget Cuts Force SE Minn. Dental Clinic Closing

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. St. Paul Police Form Mentorship Program With YWCA
  2. Interview: Justice Alan Page Talks Children's Book Project
  3. 4 Things To Know For Dec. 21, 2014
  4. ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest Locks Down Mall Of America
  5. Interview: Michele Bachmann Talks Sony Hack, Cuba

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — State budget cuts are forcing a southeast Minnesota dental clinic that serves the needy to close its doors.

Main Street Managed Care Dental Clinic of Blooming Prairie is closing at the end of the year.

The clinic treats 27,000 low-income patients a year. It’s one of the few places in southeast Minnesota that accepts patients on state assistance.

Dentist John Flor tells the Post-Bulletin of Rochester the clinic is closing because of a series of reimbursement cuts over the past two years. As a result, he says the once profitable clinic lost $200,000 last year treating patients on Medical Assistance and Medicaid.

Area lawmakers say the problem of access to dental care for low-income residents needs to be addressed.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,392 other followers